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Complete List of English Prepositions A-Z (Free PDF📘)


The word preposition has a straightforward definition: a word placed before a noun or pronoun to define its relationship with another word in the sentence.

If you are looking for complete list of English prepositions with example sentences, check the list below. You can also get free English prepositions PDF with prepositions exercises.

PrepositionTypeExample Sentence
abovepositionClouds were above the mountain top.
acrosspositionThe dog lay across my bag.
acrossdirectionShe walked across the street.
aftertime After work, we ate dinner.
againstpositionDon’t lean against the wall.
againstdirectionShe threw the ball against the wall.
alongdirectionThe road led along the river.
amongpositionThe cat hid among the bushes.
aroundpositionThere was a high walls around the house.
arounddirectionShe walked around the tree.
atlocationShe doesn’t drink tea at work.
attimeMovie begins at 9 PM.
away fromdirectionStay away from me please.
beforetime Before class, I couldn’t find my books.
behindpositionI saw him behind the building.
belowpositionThere is a small room below the house.
beneathpositionShe sat beneath the tree.
besidepositionCome and sit beside me.
betweenpositionThere was a wall between our houses.
bypositionShe was living by the lake.
bytime By the time I got there she’d gone.
downdirectionThe ball rolled down the hill.
duringtimeHe was watching me during the movie.
fortimeThey were in Turkey for two weeks.
fromdirectionShe comes from the UK.
fromtimeThe class lasts from 2:00 PM to 4 PM.
inpositionMy books are in my backpack.
inlocationI learned English in school.
intimeThe match ends in 30 minutes.
in front ofpositionThe car was parked in front of the school.
insidepositionMy cat was inside the box.
intodirectionShe slowly walked into the house.
nearpositionThe bank was near my home.
next topositionTrain station was next to the movie theater.
off (of)directionBooks fell off (of) the table.
onpositionThese was some money on the table.
onlocationHer house is on Love Street.
ontimeOur holiday begins on Friday.
ontodirectionThe dog jumped onto my lap.
out ofdirectionThere was a beautiful beach when you got out of the hotel.
outsidelocationShe was outside the house all night long.
overpositionThere was a beautiful rainbow over building.
overdirectionJumping over the snake wasn’t easy.
throughpositionThere was a tunnel through the mountain.
throughdirectionShe walked through the tunnel.
tilltimeShe waited till John arrived home.
todirectionMary walked to the school.
totimeSchool is from 9 to 12.
toward(s)directionThe ship sailed towards the horizon.
underpositionThe cat is under her table.
underdirectionThe whale swam under the boat.
underneathpositionShe was hiding underneath the blanket.
untiltimeI can’t wait until winter.
updirectionI walked up the hill to see the sunset.

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